Stupid Stupid Stupid

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Stupid Stupid Stupid
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Studio album by
Released10 November 1997[1]
GenreAlternative dance, Britpop
Length45:03
LabelRadioactive[2]
ProducerDanny Saber[3]
Black Grape chronology
It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah
(1995)
Stupid Stupid Stupid
(1997)
Pop Voodoo
(2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[6]
NME6/10[2]
Pitchfork Media6.9/10[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[3]
Spin6/10[8]
Wall of Sound55/100[9]

Stupid Stupid Stupid is the second album by British band Black Grape.[10][11] It was released in 1997.[12] The original UK CD release of the album had hollow plastic "googly eyes" glued to the front of the CD cover. Subsequent editions were released in a standard case.

Production[edit]

The album was mixed at Real World Studios, owned by Peter Gabriel.[12]

Music[edit]

Stupid Stupid Stupid is often considered to be similar to the band's debut album, but without that album's "infectious beats, mammoth hooks and surreal humour,"[13] and instead displaying a heavier soul influence, with "Lonely" being a cover version of the Frederick Knight song.[13] Brent DiCrescenzo of Pitchfork Media described the music as "Manchester dance, funk, pop and rock. Loud, obnoxious, and perfect for the setting."[14]

Entertainment Weekly called the album "a lackadaisical effort that verges on dullness."[6] NME called it "a calculatedly offensive gesture almost beautiful in the perfection of its simplicity."[2] The Independent called Stupid Stupid Stupid "more dumbed-down than drugged-up."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Higher" – 5:00
  2. "Squeaky" – 5:16
  3. "Marbles" – 4:24
  4. "Dadi Waz a Badi" – 4:01
  5. "Rubberband" – 4:36
  6. "Spotlight" – 3:51
  7. "Tell Me Something" – 3:47
  8. "Money Back Guaranteed" – 5:17
  9. "Lonely" – 4:02
  10. "Words" – 4:42

Personnel[edit]

  • Shaun Ryder - vocals
  • Paul "Kermit" Leveridge - vocals
  • Carl "Psycho" McCarthy - vocals
  • Paul "Wags" Wagstaff - electric guitar
  • Ged Lynch - drums & percussion
  • Martin Slattery - keyboards & flute
  • Bez - vibes/dance
  • Danny Saber - bass, guitar, keyboards, sitar + producer, arranger, engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for: Black Grape (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (originally by British Phonographic Industry). Retrieved 25 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "NME.COM - BLACK GRAPE - Stupid, Stupid, Stupid - 8/11/1997". web.archive.org. 17 August 2000.
  3. ^ a b "Black Grape: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. 12 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid - Black Grape | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (27 May 2011). "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music". Omnibus Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ a b "Stupid Stupid Stupid". EW.com.
  7. ^ "Black Grape: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Pitchfork Review". web.archive.org. 9 November 2005.
  8. ^ "Reviews". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. 12 February 1998 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Durchholz, Daniel. "Review: Stupid Stupid Stupid". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 15 April 2001. Retrieved 30 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Black Grape | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  11. ^ Buckley, Peter (12 October 2003). "The Rough Guide to Rock". Rough Guides – via Google Books.
  12. ^ a b MTV News Staff. "News Flash: Black Grape Finishes Stupid Album". MTV News.
  13. ^ a b "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid - Black Grape - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  14. ^ "Black Grape: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Pitchfork Record Review". 7 January 2008. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Pop Albums: Black Grape Stupid Stupid Stupid Radioactive RARD 11716". The Independent. 7 November 1997.